Powerful waves break on the shoreline around the small port of Porthleven, south west England, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Storm Dennis roared across Britain on Sunday, lashing towns and cities with high winds and dumping so much rain that authorities urged residents to protect themselves from "life-threatening floods" in Wales and Scotland. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Storm Dennis, Massive Bomb Cyclone, Hits United Kingdom
Across the United Kingdom, people are experiencing another weekend of strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding as Storm Dennis hits the region.
Two people have died off the coast of southeast England, The Associated Press reports. Their bodies were recovered from the storm’s rough seas.
The U.K. national meteorological service, known as the Met Office, issued several heavy rain warnings for areas of England and Wales.
“Storm Dennis will bring another very unsettled spell of weather this weekend with a risk of flooding, particularly in parts of England and Wales and also southern Scotland, where snowmelt will add to the flood risk,” Steve Willington, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said in a statement.
Travel disruptions are also expected to increase. Hundreds of flights to and from Britain were canceled. Planes arriving earlier on Saturday faced tough landing conditions.
The Met Office also said that bus and train services are likely to be delayed or canceled. Difficult driving conditions and road closures are also expected.
A minimum central air pressure of 920 millibars was recorded on Saturday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Ocean Prediction Center. Lower air pressures mean stronger storms. The current pressure is similar to that seen in Category 4 hurricanes.
Storm Dennis comes just days after Storm Ciara hit northern England, causing flooding and power outages. At least eight people died across Europe from that storm.
With the ground still saturated, officials worry that Storm Dennis will cause even more flooding and property damage.
On Saturday, about 145 British army personnel and reservists helped set up barricades and repair others that were damaged in the West Yorkshire region in northern England, the AP reports.
“Our armed forces are always ready to support local authorities and communities whenever they need it,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said told the news service. “The rapid response of the army today will help with provision of flood relief to local communities in West Yorkshire.”